President Goodluck Jonathan, former Lagos State governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) yesterday sent condolences to Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka over the death of his daughter, Iyetade.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said the death of Soyinka’s daughter “at such a tender age must be very painful” to the renowned writer.
The statement reads: “On behalf of himself and the federal government, President Goodluck Jonathan extends sincere condolences to Prof. Wole Soyinka and other members of the Soyinka family on the death of the Nobel laureate’s daughter, Iyetade, at the age of 48.”
“Noting that Iyetade’s untimely death at such a young age must be quite painful for Prof. Soyinka and his family, President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty will comfort Prof. Soyinka and all others who mourn his late daughter.”
“He urged them to take solace in the belief that Iyetade has gone away from all earthly troubles to rest for eternity in God’s bosom.”
Asiwaju Tinubu, who is a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), sent his heartfelt condolence to the Soyinka family over the death of Iyetade.
The former governor prayed that Prof. Soyinka would find true comfort and the courage to bear the loss.
In a statement yesterday in Lagos, Tinubu said: “As a father, I know that the loss of a daughter, not just at age 48 but at any age for that matter, can be devastating. I share in your sorrow and pray that you will find strength in the coming days to bear the pains that come with such a tragic death. My family and I will continue to have you and the Soyinka family in our prayers.”
Aregbesola, in a statement, titled: Gone in her Prime, described the death of Soyinka’s second daughter as untimely and sad.
The governor said it was sad for the deceased to have left at her prime when she was most needed by her immediate and extended family, her state and country.
The statement reads: “The news of Iyetade’s death came to me as shocking as it is sad. While it pains when one loses a parent, it is even more painful for parents to watch their child die before their very eyes.
“Iyetade’s death conveys sadness to her parents, families, friends and well-wishers. We have indeed lost an energetic, promising young woman in her prime.
“On behalf of my family, government and people of the State of Osun, I send our heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended families of the deceased.
“Most importantly, our condolences go to our own W. S. We pray that the God Lord will repose the soul of our dearest daughter, wife and sister.”
Amosun expressed his deepest condolence to Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Funmi Wakama, the governor described the death of Iyetade as “most unfortunate and regrettable”.
He added: “It is most unfortunate that the cold hands of death have snatched away Dr. Iyetade Soyinka at the prime of her life, when her knowledge and expertise would have been invaluable to her immediate family and the society at large. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Prof Wole Soyinka and his family at this trying period, although we know that only God can comfort him.”
Amosun, who also extended his heartfelt condolence to the mother, children and other family members of the deceased, prayed Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
A statement by Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo on Sunday announced Iyetade’s death. It said: “It is with great sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss that the Soyinka Family announces the passing away of Iyetade Soyinka.
“Iyetade Soyinka was born on 6 June, 1965 in Ibadan. She attended Staff School and Queens School, Ibadan (Oyo State) before reading Medicine at the University of Ibadan (UI).
“Affable, intelligent and sometimes capricious, Iyetade struggled with her health in recent years. In spite of this, she greeted every day with a smile and doted on her two children.
She took ill quite suddenly and passed away while being treated at UCH, Ibadan.
“Iyetade leaves behind two children, parents, numerous siblings, nieces and nephews.”
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